Tuesday, September 2, 2014

I love the beach... even in a storm!

Today was sort of boring. I had to stay inside a lot. It rained a couple of times and then, just as I was stretching out on the concrete outside to take a sun bath, the leaves started rustling. The wind came up... more than I have ever seen it blow here. It was kind of scary, actually.

So I held my ground in my little spot of sun until some ominous big black clouds shut out all the sun beams. It started raining... hard! I headed inside watching the storm from the back door. All of a sudden the sun came out but then it started raining even harder. What is going on, I wondered.

Eventually I went back outside. There were leaves and small branches everywhere but the storm seemed to have passed.

I really wanted to get out and find a beach to walk on so we did! We headed north to Point No Point Lighthouse because they have a nice beach there.

It rained off and on as we drove. When we got there it wasn't raining but the clouds wouldn't let the sun come out. We went exploring and walked up and down the beach. My ears flapped in the wind. I sniffed all the water smells and had a great time.
Here I am sniffing the salt air. Ahhhhh
The lighthouse was closed to visitors. There were a few fishermen out there in the water. One even caught a pretty good sized fish.
The lighthouse was all closed up by the time we got there.
Well, after a nice walk we turned around to leave. Up on the lighthouse were two crows making loud noises. One of them said, "Look at that dumb dog down there. She doesn't know when to stay home by the warm fireplace." Caw, caw, caw they went. I decided to bay at them. I guess they couldn't hear me though because they just stayed up there cawing at me.
Here are the crows. I really wanted to chase them but they ignored me!
I was hungry for dinner by the time we got back. Remi and Indy were might glad to see us because they were hungry too.

I love the beach!

Packing for the Olympic Peninsula - Will there be Shapeshifters?

Here's why I'm scared!
I've been keeping some weird hours lately. Yes, Remi and Indy bug me but I've also been studying up on my Twilight lore. You see, I'm headed for the Olympic Peninsula soon. I'm going to visit the rain forest, check out Forks (inspiration for the Twilight stories) and try my best not to get scared!

Some of you will know what Shapeshifters are. Some of you know about the Native Americans who live in the rain forest and who can take on wolf form under stressful circumstances. I read about that in the Twilight Saga. I am hoping to do some hiking in the forest and DON'T WANT TO RUN INTO ANY WOLVES!

Sometimes I think we have Shapeshifters in our woods here. That's why I go bonkers in the middle of the night. I think I hear them. I imagine that I can see their piercing eyes looking at me from the dark woods. I've been training in the pasture, building up my strength. But the truth is, these wolves are bigger than me and MUCH STRONGER. And they have a pack. All I have are Indy and Remi.

So I have my reservations about heading out to the Olympic Peninsula. Maybe these things happen only at night. I'll have to ask when I get to Forks, Washington! Meanwhile I'm packing... and worrying.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Exploring Dog Friendly Kitsap Peninsula: Point No Point Lighthouse and Beach

Like I said yesterday, I wanted to explore more of the Kitsap Peninsula. So as soon as it stopped raining today, we hopped into the car and headed north... to Point No Point. What's the point? (ha ha) Well, we were told that Point No Point Beach was a great one for dogs like me!

They had lots of these in Haida Gwaii
We drove through the woods. It wasn't all that far from the Poulsbo area. We were on the road to Hansville.

Soon I saw the Salish Sea (I guess they also call it Puget Sound). There was a float plane flying overhead which reminded me of Haida Gwaii. I was worried that it might be crowded at Point No Point because it was a holiday weekend. I don't like to be bothered when I am exploring beaches!

Imagine my surprise when we pulled up to the parking lot right at Point No Point Lighthouse. There was plenty of room for ME! First thing we did was head for the beach. It's a Kitsap County Beach so I didn't have to use any of my blogging income for fees. Yay! This beach had nice sand, driftwood and plenty of shells. There were some people fishing. One guy caught a Silver but didn't offer to show it to me. Others were off shore in fishing boats trying to catch SALMON!
Here I am on the Point No Point Beach. I love beaches!
As I walked down the beach, I was left pretty much alone to sniff the sea life, climb on driftwood and enjoy the sea air ruffling my floppy ears. Crows cawed at me.

I loved my time there listening to the water lapping on the shore and hunting for stuff in the sand. I found a driftwood shelter and thought it would make an amazing beach house for ME, CINNAMON!
Don't you think this would make a great driftwood beach house for ME?
Reluctantly I walked back to the lighthouse area. I was really surprised when the docent at the lighthouse INVITED ME IN AND OFFERED ME SOME WATER! Wow! I soon learned that the Point No Point Lighthouse is the oldest on Puget Sound. It was built in 1879. They sure take good care of it. There was lots to see in the museum including a huge fog horn. There was a ladder up to the fresnel lens but they wouldn't let me climb up there. They offered us a guided tour but I just preferred to sniff around and look for dog-related things.
Here's the light station. They were really nice to me there.
Soon we left the lighthouse and went over to a two story house that once housed the lighthouse keeper and his family. But now people (but NO dogs) can stay there overnight. I'd love to do that, especially during a storm, but I guess that won't happen.
Here's the Keepers Quarters
We walked back down on the beach for a little bit and I loved looking at the boats. I wished I was on one... fishing.
Dream on, Cinnamon. Dream on!
Oh yes, wanna know why Point No Point is called that? Well, back in the 1840's the Wilkes Expedition arrived in the area. They thought the point there would be a really big one. But it wasn't. It was just a small point. So they were disappointed (pun intended) and named it Point No Point. Sour grapes, I guess.

I liked it there. It's a great place for a walk, for beach combing and maybe even for a stay in a driftwood dog house!

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Point No Point Beach
Visiting Hansville, WA
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Exploring Dog Friendly Kitsap Peninsula: Let's Go Tidepooling!

Here I am headed down the Suquamish
Fishing Dock
I'm taking a break from my geriatric dog care duties here in Poulsbo on the Kitsap Peninsula of Washington State. It's been misty out but that doesn't stop me from wanting a bit of adventure. And, I found out, it is excellent weather for checking out the tidal life along Agate Passage.

It's easy to find a beach on the Kitsap Peninsula because it is surrounded by water and easily accessible beaches. In fact, there are about 300 miles of shoreline! Much of that shoreline is dog-friendly. But I just wanted to travel a short distance today. I headed down the road about 8 miles and ran smack dab into Suquamish. Down to the water we went. I was excited. I couldn't wait to smell those smells and chase a few crabs and seagulls.

I noticed a huge public dock and there were people crabbing. Now that interested me. I could smell the crabs from the parking lot. So we walked down the long dock and checked out the people. Some children said I was "cute!" They said the crabbing was pretty good today. There was a sailboat moored at the end of the dock but we didn't go aboard. It was time for tide pooling, one of my favorite hobbies.
I loved this. The tide was out and it smelled really good on the beach.

Yep, the tide was out! I noticed a boat ramp and so we took that down to the rocky, crunchy beach. There were some seagulls there checking out the beach too so I figured there would be some interesting things to smell. Now, being a hound, my favorite thing to do is sniff around. I could care less if the beach is a sandy one where I can chase a frisbee. The Kitsap Peninsula has those too but I'd rather find a few crabs and check under the seaweed to see what's there.

I love finding stuff like this... a crab shell and fresh seaweed!
There were sea anenomes, crab shells and even a fish skeleton (which my owner wouldn't let me smell). It didn't even rain on me. Some boats were going by on the beautiful water and the waves from the wash lapped the shore, scaring me a bit. I like to wade in the water, but I'm NOT a swimmer!

I loved the marine air, I loved seeing the boats and I LOVED SMELLING THE CRABS! It was a great outing and made me want to do more. Maybe we'll check out the beach at Point No Point. I heard it's a great one for dogs!

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City Dog Kitsap Article
Pet Friendly Kitsap Peninsula
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

How I Celebrated National Dog Day

This turned out to be a pretty good day after all. I was really worried when my owner left us and took off for the Suquamish Museum. But she didn't stay all that long and came back to play with us and let us out in the pasture.

So how did we celebrate? Remi, Indy and I got to go chase rabbits in the pasture, that's how! I, of course, took the lead and scared two rabbits! Wow!

After that we gathered on the patio at the patio table for special treats. They were from Trader Joe's so you know they were healthy treats. Since they were something different, I was really excited! We each got one.
Hooray for National Dog Day!
Then when dinner time came we each got a scoop of cottage cheese on top of our kibble. That was a REAL TREAT! I loved it!

After that, we got to stay up late and play in the back yard. We had a pretty good time on National Dog Day. All three of us are adopted and all three of us are celebrating that.

Love, Cinnamon

What is National Dog Day?

The best thing about National Dog Day, today, is that it is NOT ABOUT CATS! It's about a special species we call dogs and, particularly, domesticated dogs LIKE ME!

National Dog Day is kind of new. It was founded in 2004 by an author who wanted to remind people of the value of dogs and urge people to adopt dogs rather than buy them.

National Dog Day (Also known as: International Dog Day & National Dog Appreciation Day) is celebrated August 26th annually to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledge family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort.

Dogs put their lives on the line every day - for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for a child who is disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage.

And dogs make people happy. So the best way to celebrate National Dog Day is to make the important decision that when you are ready to have a pet added to your family, you will ADOPT A DOG! I, Cinnamon, was adopted and I think that is the way things should be. There are so many of my friends out there without homes that would be great pets and work animals.

If you already have a dog, TREASURE YOUR DOG! Give your beloved pet an extra treat or two today. After all, National Dog Day comes around only once a year!